It’s sad to see how far support for the Monarchs has eroded in this excellent hockey market. After years of declining attendance and interest, the team is being sold for the second time in three years. The outgoing owners have stated a desire to find local ownership that will keep the team in New Hampshire, but it may be too little too late. At this point, the only thing that may be able to save the team would be an affiliation with the nearby Boston Bruins.
The Blades franchise is the original American-based professional women’s hockey team. Founded in 2010 and originally based in Boston, the team competed in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and boasted a roster that featured many members of the U.S. Women’s National Team. The team played in consecutive Clarkson Cup Finals from 2013-2015, winning it all in ’13 and ’15.
Boston’s unofficial city championship is the longest running and premier college hockey tournament in the nation. Having these four schools, all located within five miles of each other, competing annually would alone make for a compelling tournament. Add in the fact that these teams are regulars in the national rankings, and you have a college hockey fan’s dream tournament. The Beanpot is a bucket list item for any serious hockey fan, whether or not you even follow college hockey.
As a facility, there isn’t a whole lot that separates Lavietes Pavilion from the other small-conference gyms that dot the New England college basketball landscape. What does make it stand apart from the others is the fantastic following and capacity crowds that pack Lavietes on a regular basis. Harvard’s recent run of success in the Ivy League and NCAA tournament has made Lavietes the hidden gem of the Boston sports scene.
Do goats eat peanuts? Of course they do. But beginning in the 2019 season, Yard Goats do not.
The Hartford Yard Goats have announced that they plan to make Dunkin’ Donuts Park 100 percent peanut free for the upcoming minor league season in response to the growing number of severe allergies, particularly among children.
The Conte Forum, while starting to show its age a bit, remains a solid place at which to catch some quality college basketball. Its smaller size and intimate seating bowl ensure excellent vantage points throughout the facility, and when the building is full, it can get pretty loud here.